The Orange Wave and Quebec

Thomas Mulcair says he’d like the NDP to have lots of money and points to Quebec as an example of the way forward for the NDP.

“First, we had not only party organizers, but also media, communications and policy advisors on the ground in Quebec―not just in Ottawa. That allowed us to better understand the day-to-day concerns of the public, but it also allowed us to speak out on local and regional issues that involved the federal government even if they weren’t the stories people were paying attention to in Ottawa.”

“We also made sure that, no matter how few resources we had, no riding was allowed to go completely uncontested. Even in cases where we didn’t have a candidate until after the election was called, we had basic campaign materials ready to go.”

The precise nature of, and causes for, the NDP’s success in Quebec during the last election are probably still being sorted out and no doubt remain worthy of debate. Shortly before the vote, Andre Pratte gave credit to Mr. Mulcair’s influence on party policy, but suggested Quebecers were voting for “Jack.” More from Andre here.

For whatever it’s worth to the larger discussion, it is my understanding that the party went into the 2011 campaign focused on three ridings. If the party’s poll numbers in the province improved, they thought they might have a shot at six. Five weeks later, of course, they’d won 59.




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The Orange Wave and Quebec

  1. Mulcair thinks statements like this portray him as an architect of election strategy, but I’m afraid it makes hime sound more like a pampered candidate who doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know.

    At the outset of the leadership campaign I thought he might make a good leader, but now I think his ego might get in the way of taking advice from people who actually know how to run a campaign.

    • You mean like Mr Topp? His campaign is acting panicked, desperate and has made zero inroads in Québec, his home province. Mr Mulcair’s has been flawless from start to finish. Who are the real pros here?

      • No, I didn’t mean that at all. I’d probably attribute some of the same self-serving bluster to Topp who should be thanking a dedicated rank and file for not giving up on Quebec after decades of rejection.

        Perhaps you mistake me for a partisan? I don’t have a horse in this race, just observing that comments like these diminish rather than enhance a candidate’s standing. What will he claim next? That he invented the Internet?

  2. I thought MPs were suppose to get the “day-to-day concerns  of the public”  and “speak out on local and regional issues that involved the federal government.” I understand the need to have a good staff, but what will the role of the local MPs be in this? They’re not just suppose to be voting robots or cardboard cut-outs (although that’s the way most parties treat their MPs).

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